Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Robert Picard
While skating for the Montreal Junior Canadiens, Robert Picard established himself as a top-notch defensive prospect who, in 1977, was selected 3rd overall by the Capitals.

In Washington, Picard was expected to single-handedly reverse the losing fortunes of a horrible team. He tried, but overextended himself and after three seasons was traded to Toronto. But the Leafs didn't even allow him a full season to prove his mettle, casting him off to Montreal before the end of the 1980-81 campaign. In his hometown, the expectations were raised even higher and, as before, Picard, in his sensitivity, tried to do more than he could.

By 1983, he was shipped to the Winnipeg Jets where, paired with fellow defender, Randy Carlyle, he found an opportunity to play within his means. The gig was good but short. Just over two seasons later, he was again on the move, this time to the Quebec Nordiques, where he found regular action for parts of four seasons before retiring after a brief stint with the Red Wings in 1990.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 70 7 46 53 296 9 1 4 5 6
1974-75 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 70 13 74 87 337 8 1 3 4 37
1975-76 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 72 14 67 81 282 6 2 9 11 25
1976-77 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 70 32 60 92 267 13 2 10 12 20
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 75 10 27 37 101 -26
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 10 1 2 3 4
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 77 21 44 65 85 +3
1978-79 NHL All-Stars Ch-Cup
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 7 0 0 0 2
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 78 11 43 54 122 -21
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 6 19 25 68 -32
1980-81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 2 2 4 6 -1 1 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 2 26 28 106 +17 5 1 1 2 7
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 7 31 38 60 +31 3 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 0 2 2 0 -1
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 62 6 16 22 34 +9 3 0 0 0 12
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 12 22 34 107 +31 8 2 2 4 8
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 20 2 5 7 17 -2
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 48 7 27 34 36 -2 3 0 2 2 2
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 78 8 20 28 71 -17 13 2 10 12 10
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 65 3 13 16 103 -1
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 74 7 14 21 61 -28
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 24 0 5 5 28 -5
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 0 3 3 20 +2
NHL Totals 899 104 319 423 1025 36 5 15 20 39


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1975)
QMJHL West First All-Star Team (1976)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1977) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980, 1981)
Traded to Toronto by Washington with Tim Coulis and Washington's 2nd round pick (Bob McGill) in 1980 NHL Draft for Mike Palmateer and Toronto's 3rd round pick (Torrie Robertson) in 1980 NHL Draft, June 11, 1980. Traded to Montreal by Toronto for Michel Larocque, March 10, 1981. Traded to Winnipeg by Montreal for Winnipeg's 3rd round pick (Patrick Roy) in 1984 NHL Draft, November 4, 1983. Traded to Quebec by Winnipeg for Mario Marois, November 27, 1985. Traded to Detroit by Quebec with Greg Adams for Tony McKegney, December 4, 1989.
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